Facing the prospect of zero occupancy due to global travel restrictions, the Bay Gardens hotel group is resisting immediate closure of its properties and focusing on ensuring its 300-plus staff members are cushioned from the worst economic effects of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sanovnik Destang, Executive Director of the locally-owned and -operated group, told his staff that with over 800 room nights canceled or rescheduled, the worldwide travel bans have cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in the short term.
Despite the fact that forward bookings have all but dried up, and hotels in St. Lucia and around the world were laying off employees, Destang told staff that other considerations must come into play for Bay Gardens.
The 95 percent of staff remaining on the permanent employ list will be on a reduced rotational schedule. Destang stressed all staff, including the management team, were being asked to make this sacrifice for the month of April, and that Bay Gardens would endeavor to provide working hours (and hence income) that represents a minimum of 50 percent of everyone’s base salary up to a maximum of 75 percent of base.